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Love Me Tender (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 15 November 1956 (USA)
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At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.

Director:

Robert D. Webb

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screenplay), Maurice Geraghty (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Egan ... Vance Reno
Debra Paget ... Cathy Reno
Elvis Presley ... Clint Reno
Robert Middleton ... Mr. Siringo
William Campbell ... Brett Reno
Neville Brand ... Mike Gavin
Mildred Dunnock ... Martha Reno
Bruce Bennett ... Maj. Kincaid
James Drury ... Ray Reno
Russ Conway ... Ed Galt
Ken Clark ... Mr. Kelso
Barry Coe ... Mr. Davis
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Storyline

Elvis plays Clint Reno, one of the Reno brothers who stayed home while his brother went to fight in the Civil War for the Confederate army. When his brother Vance comes back from the war, he finds that his old girlfriend Cathy has married Clint. The family has to struggle to reach stability with this issue. Vance is involved in a train robbery, while a Confederate soldier, of Federal Government money. There is a conflict of interest, when Vance tries to return the money, against the wishes of some of his fellow Confederates. Written by Pat McCurry <ccgrad97@aol.com>

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HEAR ELVIS SING . . . "Love Me Tender" "We're Gonna Move" "Poor Boy" "Let Me" See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reno Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, this movie had no singing in it. Songs were added to cash in on Elvis Presley's stardom. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Cathy Reno is at the window crying, a car can be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Vance Reno: Listen, Brett, we didn't steal this money. We took it in battle, fair and square. It's what they call "spoils of war", like capturing a horse or anything else. We didn't know the war was over, and neither did the Federals. So it's still prize money.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: April 10, 1865 See more »

Alternate Versions

Coloured version was released in early 1990's unofficially. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mischief (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Me Tender
by Elvis Presley and Ken Darby (as Vera Matson)
Performed by Elvis Presley (uncredited)
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Solid movie with excellent introspective performances.
21 February 2004 | by EireannSee all my reviews

The fanfare of a young Elvis Presley and his first movie certainly was blinding when it came to this movie. It was hard for people to see past it, however, upon viewing the picture, Presley's star dims as he takes his seat at the table among some of the acting greats of cinema. The viewer relinquishes the idea that it's Elvis and accepts him as the doting youngest son of the Reno family.

Dramatic without being maudlin, the picture chronicles the lives of one family post-Civil War, and how each member dealt with the harsh realities of war. Hearing that the eldest son Vance (Egan) has died, Clint (Presley) and Vance's former love (Paget) marry in the aftermath of the murder of her parents and the Reno boys father. As is in wartime, things become increasingly more difficult when he and his two other brothers Brett (Campbell) and Ray (Drury) to find this, as well the spoils of war haunting them shortly upon their return.

It's an honest look at a difficult time in this country, with great performances all around -- from the handsome, impressive lead Richard Egan on down the cast. Egan's portrayal of Vance Reno is an amazing performance -- restrained without being stolid, much as men were during the time. Egan gives glimpses into the inner turmoil that sits just below the characters surface, making the character heartbreakingly sympathetic and admirable.

It's Elvis Presley's best performance and (dare I say only worthwhile) role and film. Upon reflection, his co-stars helped to elevate him into something more than what followed (with films) and Presley really seems to have taken this one seriously. Regardless of whether you're a Presley fan or not, the understated performances, simple but effective storyline and message, and moving conclusion make this a must see.


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